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Wartime Memories & Stories

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Who downed Douglas Bader.

Article written by Andy Saunders entitled ‘Who downed Douglas Bader’. Douglas Bader (DB) was downed on the 9th August 1941 whilst over France leading the Tangmere Wing (at that time comprising Spitfire Squadrons 41, 610 and 616). DB flew with 616 in W3185.…
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An Instrument Basher with 178 Squadron

Here are a few words about my time in Foggia as an Instrument Basher with 178 Squadron. Before I could settle in I with other ground crew flew to Malta where one of our Libs had to false land, we flew back next day having sorted the problem out, on the way…

Operations by Albert Cranthorne, 178 Squadron.
Navigators attend an early briefing. All important timings were given All Aircrew assembled at Main Briefing
Navigators attend an early briefing. All important timings were given All Aircrew assembled at Main Briefing
The Intelligence Officer warned of dangers The Met. Officer gave his best predictions Pins and tape were re-arranged!
The Intelligence Officer warned of dangers The Met. Officer gave his best predictions Pins and tape were re-arranged!
These pictures were drawn shortly after Albert arrived at 178 Squadron. They were drawn on wartime notepaper and are now badly faded. Albert has been able to restore them on the computer and they appear almost as good as new. They still capture the atmosphere of the time!
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Posted: 3 years 9 months ago by JW #4627
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My father's cousin, Peggie Willmott, married Ivor Matthews in 1940. Ivor became a Flt Eng on 178 Sqn. He perished with his crew in KH423 over Yugoslavia on 5 Nov 1944